The tragic events of April 18th and 19th, 2020, in Nova Scotia have left a deep mark on the hearts of the people in our province, and Canadians collectively. For families who lost loved ones, friends, and coworkers who lost valued companions and for the communities that lost residents, these are days that will forever be marked by grief.
Our province has rallied to support all those who experienced loss on those terrible days and will continue to do so as only Nova Scotians can. We are inspired and lifted by the beautiful and moving tributes that have been shared at sites around the community and even virtually, as the way we grieve has been altered by our current state of emergency due to the COVID 19 pandemic. There have been many fundraising efforts put in place to support the victims’ families and the community during this time of great need.
A tribute to the victims and survivors
About the Fund
Community Foundation of Nova Scotia, in collaboration with the Ulnooweg Indigenous Communities Foundation, the Rural Communities Foundation of Nova Scotia and the United Way, want to be a part of supporting the community in concert with those efforts.
The Red Cross, in partnership with the province of Nova Scotia, has stepped in to offer response and recovery support with their Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund. This fund is designed to address the immediate needs of the community as well as providing for longer-term victim support and mental health services. We would like to take the baton from there and offer our support in a space that community foundations know best, legacy.
With the generous support of Green Shield Canada and other donors, the We Rise Again Fund has been created to address the longer-term vision of legacy for the victims of this tragedy. Mothers and fathers, sons and daughters, nephews and nieces, friends, and colleagues – these deeply loved victims made an impact in their lifetimes on the lives of so many, and we know that their legacy of impact will go on infinitely in the hearts of those that loved them. This fund is a tribute to that love and that legacy of impact and of caring for the community. We will work with the community, the families, local and elected officials and donors to address long-term legacy, learning and healing, ongoing support services and identify ways to make a fitting tribute to those lives lost.
After response begins recovery, and after recovery begins rebuilding. Together with the Red Cross and their Stronger Together Nova Scotia Fund, and other generous funds to support the healing, we will stand ready to support the community when it is time for rebuilding. We know that despite unfathomable tragedy, We Will Rise Again, together.
Fear does not have a monopoly here. And when we grieve, we do not grieve alone.
As one province, as one community, we will reclaim from fear and grief the spirit that is ours - one of friendship, kindness, caring, and bravery and will fill our space with love, hope, and resilience.
This is OUR Nova Scotia.